Professor Theo van de Ven






     Address: 3420 University Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7. Canada
     E-mail: theo.vandeven [at]
     Tel: (514) 398-6177

Present Position

Professor, Department of Chemistry, McGill University

University Education

1976                    Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, McGill University
1971                    Doctorandus (M.Sc. equivalent), Major in Physical and Colloid Chemistry
                             Minor in Theoretical Physics, University of Utrecht, Holland
1969                    Kandidaats (B.Sc. equivalent), Chemistry, University of Utrecht, Holland

Professional Experience

2004 - present    Professor of Chemistry, McGill University (tenured full professorship)
1990 - 2004          Paprican Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry McGill
1978 - 2004          Research Scientist, Paprican
1981 - 1989           Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, McGill
2001                       Van Arkel Professor, Leiden University, Holland
1987 - 1988          Visiting Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK
1976 - 1978          Tutor/Research Fellow, School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia


2012-present      Sir William C. Macdonald Chair in Chemistry
2012                      Canadian Section of the Society of Chemical Industry, Kalev Pugi Award
2009-present     Scientific director NSERC strategic research network on Green Fibres
2004                     Guest Professor Technical University of Delft, Holland
2004- 2014         FPInnovations/NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair in “Colloid and Papermaking Chemistry”
2001                     Van Arkel Professor, Leiden University, Holland
1998                     Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
1996                     American Chemical Society Award in Colloid or Surface Chemistry
1991                     Promotion to Principal Scientist, Paprican
1987-1988          Royal Society (Great Britain) Guest Research Fellowship
1976                     PhD, McGill, Dean’s honours list
1973-1975          C.B. Purves Fellowship


Professional Activities

2011                  Chairman 85th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Montreal
2009                  Co-chairman, 7th International Paper and Coating chemistry Symposium, Hamilton, June10-12.
2003                  Chairman, 5th International Paper and Coating chemistry Symposium, Montreal, June16-19.
1995-2000        Editorial Board, Langmuir
1995                  Chairman, Gordon Conference on “Polymer Colloids”
1993                  Vice-Chairman, Gordon Conference on “Polymer Colloids”
1993- present   Organizer Annual Postgraduate Student Seminar Symposium in Pulp & Paper, Montreal
1991-1999        Associate of CIAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research)
1991-1994        Editor, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
1990-1994        Member Professional Development Committee, CPPA
1990                  Organizer Sessions on “Polymer Colloids”,
                          33rd IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecules, Montreal
1988-1989        Principal Editor, PhysicoChemical Hydrodynamics
1988- present   Organizer Research Sessions, Annual PAPTAC meeting, Montreal
1987- present   Member Research Committee, PAPTAC
1987- present   Associate Member and Member Steering Committee,
                         CRIP (Centre de Recherche en Ingénierie du Papier),
                         École Polytechnique, Montreal.
1986-1990       Council Member IACIS (International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists)
1984-1985       Advisory Board of Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
1984                 Organizer “International Symposium on Polymer Colloids”, Montreal


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